(Post originally written for the Metrolina Restore Blog 3/23/16…)
One of my accidental vintage collections is vintage hangers. This is a genre of vintage that I’m not event sure I knew existed until I started running into them at Restores everywhere. There are basic wooden ones that have a nice patina, novelty ones for children’s rooms, branded ones that were often used as giveaways for upper end department stores and dry cleaners, wire pants hangers and tons of other interesting variations. I started picking them up because they were inexpensive and have discovered that they have many creative uses in home décor too!
Vintage Drycleaner hangers, via tumblr.owenandhunter.co.uk
There are so many interesting unique shapes, why not just use them as wall art?
I love the idea of using them to display vintage books, newspapers and magazines or even favorite prints or children’s art:
And this is a clever DIY: as a towel rack in a bath area complete vintage knobs!
For some more DIY and up cycling ideas for vintage hangers check out my Pinterest board on them here. These hangers can sometimes be picked up for as little as .50- just like these I found on our last ReStore field trip to Lincolnton so start scouting for them!
What uses have you found for vintage hangers? I’d love to see….
It’s time to start thinking about vintage gift giving and as usual, you have a long list, right? Let me pass along my top quick and easy and memorable vintage gifting ideas so you can check some of those names off your list- pronto!
1.Vintage Trays and Tins
Everyone loves to receive your baked goods around the holidays…why not gift them in or on a reusable vintage tin or tray? It makes a beautiful and more memorable presentation than tissue or bags and can be used continually throughout the holidays!
2. Vintage Ornaments
Of course I love these for their traditional use on the tree but they make such a heartwarming presentation when attached to gifts, used at table place settings/ or centerpieces, around the buffet table or even given as party favors throughout the holidays.
These make an adorable presentation when gifted with tea, hot cocoa, candy or vintage linens. Vintage soup mugs can be gifted with gourmet crackers or bags of soup mix.
4. Vintage Cocktail Glasses
Want to bring the best hostess gift at your next party? Vintage Champagne coupes with a bottle of bubbly will do the trick, every time…trust me! See also: vintage pilsners or mugs with a local craft beer, or some swanky lowballs with a favorite liquor- both an equally fab option.